The Last Lesson I Learned About Being a Writer

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Writing is a never-ending process. Every project is a challenge and an opportunity to learn something new.

However, writing can be easier if you have someone who can help you throughout the process.

This is the second lesson I learned about being a writer:

Find a mentor.

Look for someone who’s better than you (obviously) and is willing to teach you the ropes in writing. This person will be responsible for your growth as a writer (assuming that you are serious about turning it into a profession).

To be honest, I never had a mentor to teach me how to write properly. By going through it alone, it took me a long time to see the big picture and unleash my true potential.

However, there was a person who I consider as the closest thing I had as a mentor.

I met him at my first job 11 years ago. He’s a plump guy with a dour face in his late ’30s at the time. While we never hit it off immediately, our penchant for gross and dry humor was the catalyst that allowed us to forge a bond outside of work. The clincher was when he sent me this Don Hertzfeldt:

Anyway, when I was looking out for a gig to complement my full-time job, he was there to help out. He made sure that I had a steady stream of work for some of the clients he works with, from reviewing different types of cigars to product descriptions. Best of all, it was a joy to work with him. Some edits are in order, which is normal in a writer-client relationship. But the setup we had did not feel like work at all.

Outside of the writing that I do for him, we talk about comic books (although my limited knowledge of the comic book lore frustrated me from making actual conversion about the topic) and disgusting things which are too graphic to reveal.

However, we eventually moved on to different paths. I traveled the road of freelance writing specializing in digital marketing, and he still was busy with the same things he fed me with before.

We met for the last time in 2013 when we had lunch together. We ate grilled chicken, had a few laughs, and handed me a book on how to use Facebook dated back in 2009.

In early 2014, he passed away. I was devastated – I didn’t see it coming, nor did his friends. I was unable to attend his wake and funeral, but he will always be remembered. I am truly grateful for the opportunities he presented to me as a writer.

Through his projects, I learned how to be scrappy and self-sufficient because that’s what writing is about. You have to replicate an experience or event in your words. It’s like crafting your version of the same story, but making it much more compelling because it had you in it.

And that’s why you need a mentor to help you out in writing. Not only will that person provide you with the tools and attitude that you need to success but also the camaraderie that you won’t have with non-writers.

Right now, I’m trying to give back to other writers who are trying to break into the freelance writing business. Since last year, I have been working closely with a writer ten years my junior and am helping him launch his portfolio site. Aside from feeding him work, I introduced him to clients so he can learn the ropes of freelance writing, the same way I did when I was younger.

I’m sharing all these because I want other aspiring writers to understand the importance of getting a mentor. Which is why I’m trying to present myself to you.

If you’re a writer, I’m willing to help you and possibly take you under my wing. As mentioned, I had limited help when starting out and I don’t want anyone to have that same experience. Every writing needs to have the tools, resources, and guidance available to them so they can succeed.

Right now, I want you to do these things for me.

  1. Download a copy of my free ebook “The Winning Blog Content Checklist.” It details the different parts of an article and how you should write them in your post. This checklist will help you get more clients and get the income you deserve.
  2. Schedule a 15-minute call with me here. There are no strings attached here. This is no a scam. I sincerely want to supply you with all the help that you need. Ask me questions about freelance writing, and I’ll be more than happy to share you what I know at no costs to you.

So feel free to do any of the things above. If you’re not comfortable with talking to me on voice chat, you can comment below and ask your questions here. Again, you cannot do it again and you need all the help you can get if you truly want to succeed.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Christopher Jan Benitez

Freelance writer and content marketer by profession. CEO of GoSmrk, a boutique digital agency that focuses on helping online businesses by using the latest and best growth hacking techniques. Magical Tumbong is a place where he vents out about non-work related matters.

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